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Buckles Solicitors LLP

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GRANT HOUSE, 101 BOURGES BOULEVARD, PETERBOROUGH, PE1 1NG, ENGLAND
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Work 01733 888888
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Fax 01733 888999
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www.buckles-law.co.uk
London, Peterborough, Stamford

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge
Leading individuals (region-wide)

Nigel Moore - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in East Anglia
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Nigel Moore - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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Corporate and commercial: Ipswich
Leading individuals (region-wide)

Nigel Moore - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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Corporate and commercial: Norwich
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Nigel Moore - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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Corporate and commercial: Peterborough
Corporate and commercial: Peterborough - ranked: tier 1

Buckles Solicitors LLP

Buckles Solicitors LLP has its head office in Peterborough but has spread beyond the region, most recently with a new office in London and through its association with CastaldiPartners, which has offices in Milan and Paris. As a result, the firm has a strong client base not only in East Anglia, but also nationally and internationally. Nigel Moore’s team was strengthened further with the recruitment of senior associate Nadine Duncan, who joined from DLA Piper to add key skills in commercial, IT, outsourcing and technology matters; and specialist corporate associate Robin Johnston, who joined from Bray & Bray in Leicester. Highlights included acting for Swiss-based pharmaceutical company Ginsana on its €9.6m acquisition of SoHo Flordis; advising York House Foods on its £20m sale to a German buyer; and assisting Schur Flexible Holdings with its purchase of FMS Folis Group.

Leading individuals (region-wide)

Nigel Moore - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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East Anglia: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Cambridge
Leading individuals (region-wide)

James Maxey - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in East Anglia
Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in East Anglia - ranked: tier 1

Buckles Solicitors LLP (Peterborough)

Buckles Solicitors LLP is known for having one of the strongest practices in Peterborough, but it increasingly acts for SME and entrepreneurial individuals across East Anglia and beyond. The firm’s formal association with a European law firm that has offices in Paris and Milan has brought a growing workload of contentious matters for clients with European business interests. Solicitor advocate and CEDR-accredited mediator James Maxey has a broad practice covering breach of contract and corporate warranty matters, shareholder disputes and contentious insolvency cases. He regularly handles international matters, as does Spanish-qualified Alejandro Verdu de Haro, who advises UK clients with interests in Spain and Spanish banks and corporates on UK enforcement matters. In a cross-border highlight the team acted for a company in the defence of potential injunction applications ahead of the disposal of a joint venture company in the telecommunications sector. On the domestic front, it brought a case on behalf of a business group that had been poorly advised on a claim against a bank concerning the mis-selling of financial products.

Leading individuals (region-wide)

James Maxey - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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Commercial litigation: Ipswich
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James Maxey - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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Commercial litigation: Norwich
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James Maxey - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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East Anglia: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Buckles Solicitors LLP (Peterborough)

Buckles Solicitors LLP handles a broad palette of contentious and non-contentious matters and the firm is regarded by IPs as having one of the few specialist insolvency practices in Peterborough. Its client base includes IPs such as RSM, Bulley Davey and Elwell Watchorn & Saxton. Its most recent client wins include Corporate Financial Solutions and Springfields LLP. Vastly experienced litigation partner James Maxey oversees the team, which includes associate Nick Porter, who recently obtained the ICAEW Certificate in insolvency and is known for contentious matters. The firm’s recent highlights include acting for joint trustees in the bankruptcy of two individuals; acting for the liquidator of a construction company with significant outstanding debts; and advising a property developer on issues arising from a contractor going into administration.

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East Anglia: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP (Peterborough)

Buckles Solicitors LLP has a lean team that punches above its weight and advises key clients in the Cambridge and Peterborough area including Stobbs (IP) Limited, Peterborough City Council and Ideal Shopping Direct. Giles Betts has built an enviable reputation in the region over 20 years. He is supported by senior solicitors Katharine Holliday and new arrival from Hunt & Coombs LLPNicola Cockerill. The firm acts for a growing number of overseas clients and UK companies with European interests through its alliance with CastaldiPartners, which has offices in Paris and Milan. The firm’s highlights include advising a data management company on redundancies and terminations; assisting a financial services business with the restructuring of its executive team; and working with its Italian lawyers to advise on employment issues arising from an Italian company’s purchase of shares in a UK enterprise.

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East Anglia: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Buckles Solicitors LLP (Peterborough)

For some, Buckles Solicitors LLP is ‘the best firm in Peterborough for clinical negligence work’. Clients note that it ‘achieves the difficult balance of being 100% behind its clients whilst retaining the ability to assess cases professionally and objectively’. The firm has a strong caseload of multi-track work for clients in the local region. Head of team Roger Clarke and ‘first-class’ associate Martin Herson are ‘always impressive and have a great understanding of the litigation process’. The firm’s ongoing work includes advising a claimant suffering from primary sclerosing cholangitis who was being monitored at Leicester Royal Infirmary. Patients with this condition have an elevated risk of cancer and the case centres on allegations that the Trust failed to identify early cancer symptoms; the condition has since been diagnosed as terminal. Herson is also pursuing a claim against a GP who failed to detect early symptoms of bowel cancer in a patient who had to subsequently undergo a complex prostatectomy.

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP (Peterborough)

For some, Buckles Solicitors LLP is ‘the best in Peterborough for PI work’. Roger Clarke’s team primarily handles industrial disease, fatal accident and high-value catastrophic injuries, many of which involve motorcycle accidents. Clarke has more than 25 years’ experience in PI matters and has a respected associate in Martin Herson, who has higher rights of audience. Clients also praise legal executive Janet Cooper, who is ‘very efficient and has excellent empathy with clients’. Herson takes the lead on many cases and his current workload includes a £1m-plus claim for a client who suffered life-changing lower limb damage in a motorcycle accident and developed complications with compartment syndrome and lymphedema. He also acted in an employers’ liability claim arising from repetitive lifting and manoeuvring of a tail gate by a recovery driver that the claimant believes caused cauda equine complications and chronic back pain.

Leading individuals

Martin Herson - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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Personal injury: defendant
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Martin Herson - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP (Peterborough)

Buckles Solicitors LLP regularly acts in complex and high-value professional negligence claims, predominantly for claimants, and last year saw a significant increase in the number of claims relating to negligent financial advice. The firm also has a busy caseload of claims against solicitors, architects, surveyors, accountants and property consultants. Solicitor-advocate James Maxey leads the team and fellow CEDR-accredited mediator Paul Branch has particular expertise in claims relating to advice on property and trust matters. Senior associate Nick Porter has a broad litigation practice that includes professional negligence claims. In 2016, the team advised a business client on a multimillion-pound claim against a well-known financial institution that arose from the mis-selling of complex financial instruments. In another key mandate, the firm acted for a family in a claim against an IFA that recommended investment in unregulated collective investment schemes that were subsequently liquidated.

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East Anglia: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 3

Buckles Solicitors LLP (Peterborough)

The agricultural and rural affairs team at Buckles Solicitors LLP regularly advises on agricultural land acquisitions and sales, and on single farm payment issues. It is also able to draw on the firm’s wider property, tax, trust, wealth preservation, family and corporate practices, enabling to it provide a holistic service to clients. Property partner Michael Blank is a fellow of the Agricultural Law Association. Michael Rabbett handles a broad mix of agricultural, commercial and residential property matters ranging from simple land sales to farm business tenancies and diversification matters such as wind farm and communication mast leases, mineral extraction and landfill. Clients praise his ‘efficiency and professional service’. The firm’s recent transactions include a multimillion-pound financing arrangement for a prominent family farming business that included lease surrender and re-grant issues.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP (Peterborough)

Clients of Buckles Solicitors LLPwould unhesitatingly recommend the firm to others’, and the team ‘deals with matters in a professional way, quickly resolving any queries clients may have’. Mediator Paul Branch has 30 years’ litigation experience; he ‘never gives up and always shows empathy, honesty and consideration for clients’. ‘Helpful, professional and determined’ senior solicitor Alex Burch deals primarily with contentious trusts and probate, continuing healthcare claims and care home fee disputes. In 2016, the firm handled two Inheritance Act claims relating to high-value estates, one valued at more than £6.5m and the other at £1.8m. In one standout case the team advised the daughter of the deceased on the rectification of a will.

Next generation lawyers

Alex Burch - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP (Peterborough)

Buckles Solicitors LLP has ‘a highly effective family department’ that includes vastly experienced partners in Lyn Brisley and Roger Gurney. ‘Highly deserving of her reputation as a leading family lawyer in the region’, team head Brisley ‘gives straightforward and pragmatic advice based on a very good knowledge of the law and legal practice; clients like her and appreciate her down-to-earth approach’. Gurney is ‘very personable, gives sensible advice, shows empathy to his clients at a difficult time in their lives and fights their corner every inch of the way’. Gurney and Brisley have strong support from associates Donna Sandall, who is known for her ‘attention to detail and excellent client skills’, and Helen Saggers; and solicitor Anika Aston. The firm is best known for dealing with complex financial matters invoving trusts, international cases and agricultural matters involving complex land ownership and farming business interests. Among the firm’s recent cases was the separation of two highly paid professionals with assets valued at almost £50m.

Leading individuals

Lyn Brisley - Buckles Solicitors LLP

Roger Gurney - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge
Leading individuals (region-wide)

Duncan Jackson - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Elsewhere in East Anglia
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Duncan Jackson - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Ipswich
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Duncan Jackson - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Norwich
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Duncan Jackson - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Peterborough
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Peterborough - ranked: tier 1

Buckles Solicitors LLP

Buckles Solicitors LLP has one of the largest private client teams in Peterborough, with clients singling out the ‘practical, knowledgeable and personableDuncan Jackson, who works between Peterborough and the firm’s London office. Other key figures include head of department Stephen Duffy, who specialises in care home fees matters, including planning to protect assets and resolving disputes with local authorities; STEP and Solicitors for the Elderly member Charles Applegate, who has nearly 40 years’ experience in wills, probate and tax planning; and Sallyann Short, whose previous experience includes work as an independent financial adviser and who is widely respected for her understanding of IHT, wills, trusts and estate administration. Legal executive and head of probate Beverley Diamond is also recommended. The team advised a client on business relief matters for a multimillion-pound estate in order to limit IHT liabilities; acted for a couple with a multimillion-pound portfolio of assets on how to restructure existing LLP and limited companies to maximise business property relief; and advised married executives from Europe working in London on tax-efficient planning for a high-value estate.

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Duncan Jackson - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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East Anglia: Real estate

Commercial property: Peterborough
Commercial property: Peterborough - ranked: tier 1

Buckles Solicitors LLP

Buckles Solicitors LLP has ‘a very effective, energetic and professional team of friendly lawyers who are clearly keen to offer speedy responses to any issue’. The team’s diverse practice covers the administration of property portfolios, agricultural land acquisitions and sales, mineral extraction and landfill development, landlord and tenant issues, corporate support work and the commercial property related securitisations. Head of department Michael Rabbett handles a broad mix of agricultural, commercial and residential property matters and works closely with clients in the agricultural and haulage sectors. Also recommended are Colleen Gostick, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable and always strives to provide a top-quality service’, and Michael Blank, who acts for high-profile commercial clients. Chris Mundell joined the firm as a partner having previously worked as UK property counsel for Virgin Active, and solicitor Brendon Lee joined from the combined legal team of Harrow and Barnet Councils to add skills in planning and development work. The team recently acted for Best Friends Veterinary Group on the disposal of a chain of surgeries that involved granting new leases on 24 properties. The firm also acted for a leading international chain of health clubs as on the redevelopment and extension of a facility in central London that involved the surrender of leases, removal of rights across land and a development agreement. Other clients include Keystone Developments Limited and Cross Keys Homes.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Buckles Solicitors LLP (Peterborough)

Buckles Solicitors LLP has a strong and integrated team that handles work on a national basis. James Coppinger leads the cross-office team from Nottingham but spends a significant amount of time at the firm’s headquarters in Peterborough, where litigators James Maxey and senior associate Nick Porter play key roles. The team advises private and public sector clients including developers, housing associations, building contractors, funders, specialist sub-contractors, education establishments and commercial occupiers. Its key areas of focus include social housing, student accommodation, engineering and renewable energy, in which it handles procurement and contentious matters. Coppinger, property partner Michael Rabbett and planning solicitor Brendon Lee provided advice to a housing association on procurement, construction contracts, development agreements and other matters regarding two housing development schemes. Coppinger and Maxey acted for an engineering contractor in the automotive industry on high-value contracts for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of plant and machinery.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Buckles Solicitors LLP (Peterborough)

Buckles Solicitors LLP’s planning team is known for providing a personal service for clients involved in urban and rural developments across East Anglia. The firm’s strong focus on social housing sees it work for many registered providers on affordable housing planning issues. The team also handles a growing number of private residential development matters. Solicitor Brendon Lee’s recent work includes a judicial review of planning permission granted by Stratford-on-Avon District Council for the development of land neighbouring a client’s property; acting for a private landowner in the judicial review of planning permission from Rutland County Council for a residential extension; and acting for the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply in an alleged breach of planning control by East Northamptonshire District Council in regard to a car park extension at the client’s head office in Easton-on-the-Hill.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP (Peterborough)

Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough has a team that provides ‘very efficient, seamless service and support’. The firm handles a wide range of disputes, from boundary and right of way matters to dilapidations and lease renewals for private clients, SMEs and larger businesses, with a growing emphasis on the retail sector. Paul Branch utilises his skills in contentious trusts and probate matters to act in property disputes involving assets held in trusts. Branch acted for East Bridgford Parish Council in its application for first registration as a result of a historical enclosure award. The application was contested and referred to the Land Registry First-Tier Tribunal, which decided in favour of the client. The team also acted for tenant Logex Services Limited in the exercise of a break clause in its lease, which resulted in a dispute when the landlord varied the break terms.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Buckles Solicitors LLP (Peterborough)

Buckles Solicitors LLP continues to be a preferred legal adviser for numerous social housing landlords across East Anglia. Its core areas of expertise include housing management, anti-social behaviour and construction matters, and it is building a reputation for acquisitions and developments in the sector. The team, led by Gail Sykes, acts for more than 65 social housing providers across the South East, London, East Anglia and the East Midlands. The team recently acted for Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association in possession proceedings against a tenant who had provided false documents to obtain her tenancy. In another highlight the firm advised a large RP on a complex and sensitive matter relating to a complaint of alleged disability discrimination under the Equality Act by the RP and one of its employees in relation to the purchase of shared ownership property. King Street Housing, Suffolk Housing Society and Cross Keys Homes Limited are also clients.

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Gail Sykes - Buckles Solicitors LLP

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